It takes anywhere from six months to two years to train veterans with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful inside our military ranks. When it’s time to part ways and transition from the Armed Services, many veterans are lucky to get 24 hours of training to re-integrate into the community.
Hire Our Heroes’ Job Courses for Veterans seeks to advance the knowledge of each veteran we can reach, to produce positive and impactful veteran job seeker learning experiences. A successful transition for returning vets seeking employment is the result of developing a solid plan with SMART goals and taking advantage of performance and knowledge-based training developed in the lessons learned by veterans who have “Been There, Done That” — and a lot of hard work and job seeking determination on your part!
When should a Veteran prepare their Interview Process “Elevator Pitch” or Employment Process “Proposition Statement”?
- The Transition Process
- On Demand Workshops
The Transition Process
The Transition process consists of six phases of transition that ideally begin two years out from exit from the military. Regardless, each phase can be delivered at any time in the transition timeline of our military veterans. The key is to establish a delivery program so the phases are taught and delivered in order. These phases are the foundation for an effective, comprehensive and strong re-engineering of the professionals skills needed to re-integrate our military transitioning veterans back in to the civilian sector.
Phase 1: Transition Checklist
WHEN (When to decide on transition and establish a timeline)
This is the first step in the process and it includes four areas or quadrants that must be laid out for each military member. This checklist must be identified early so as to allow the military transitioning member to effectively assess his/her timeline and the required items that must be checked as they get closer to the execution of their transition.
Transition Quadrants – Military, Personal, Professional (career) and Family
- Audience: Everyone (Mandatory)
- Format: Seminar only
- Deliverables: Transition Checklist Workbook: Four (4) separate comprehensive and inclusive Military Transition Checklists
- Course Time: 1 Day (4 to 8 hours)
- Course Resources Required: Conference room and multimedia projection
Phase II: Transition Plan
WHO (Figure out “WHO” you are before deciding “WHAT” to do)
Before resume writing and interviews there must be a 360 degree inventory to better understand who you have become as a professional and a mature individual. Too often military members rush to decide on “WHAT” job to get and “WHERE” to go before they understand their strengths, skills, abilities and attitudes. They also don’t understand their true financial needs. This forces them to rush to “get a job” before defining “who they would like to be when they grow up”.
Transition Plan: Phase II
- Audience: Personality profile, Strengths and Interests test, Professional skills inventory, gap analysis, financial picture, career tracks overview
- Format: Seminar, workshop handouts
- Deliverables: Everyone (Optional)
- Course Time: 2 Days
- Course Resources Required: Conference room, multimedia projection, Test materials
Phase III: Transition Road Map
WHAT (Decide “WHAT” professional track you want to follow and create a road map)
Once a transitioning military member has defined “WHO” they are and understands the paths that lay before him, he/she can begin the more effective process of deciding “WHAT” to pursue as their true career path. This phase requires a detail plan or road map that must be developed so as to assess what career “pot holes” lay before him/her. Then, they can begin the training process (in phase IV) and work to fill those gaps as they march towards their transition deadline.
Review Transition Tracks (Employment, Entrepreneurship, Education, Retirement, International, Wounded Warrior), Learn about each sub-track, choose and develop the necessary steps to pay out the road map for the transition process.
- Audience: Groups (Recommended)
- Format: Seminar and workshop/Handouts
- Deliverables: Personalized Transition Road Map workbook
- Course Time: 5 days (1 week course)
- Course Resources Required: Conference room, break out rooms, multimedia projection and workbook
Phase IV: Transition Training
HOW (Time to actually do the work and close the gap)
Just as when we train our military for their specific duties, we must now invest the time to train them to re-engineer their professional paths to adapt to their new environment. This phase is the longest and it may take as little as 2 weeks but as much as 6 months (with the exception of a college degree completion) depending on the transition training each member requires. During this phase, each member is assigned a counselor/advisor that serves as a career coach to ensure the transitioning member is staying on track and accountable towards his career goal.
Career training (e.g. resume, interview, attire, LinkedIn)
Track Training – Depending on the chosen path, the training pipe will be laid out to ensure each member follows a professional development that will lead them to a successful completion of their career choice by the time they are ready to transition.
- Audience: Individual (tailored)
- Format: Seminar, workshop, handouts, individual counseling sessions follow up, online curriculum process
- Deliverables: Training Materials as required
- Course Time: 2 weeks (unspecified individual follow-on counseling sessions)
- Course Resources Required: Conference room and multimedia projection Test materials
Phase V: Transition Mentorship
WHERE (How do you know “WHERE” to network and find the right mentor)
A mentor is not someone who you go to ask “WHO” you should become as a civilian or “WHAT” you should do for career choice. A mentor is not whom you seek to ask for career counseling or timelines. This is the person you want to reach once you have already become confident and prepared for your new career. An effective mentorship program will pair you with the right mentor, in the right field at the right time in your career transition process.
Mentorship program defined, Mentorship social techniques, mentor profile
- Audience: All trained members
- Format: Seminar and Social event (on site and online)
- Deliverables: Matchmaking social
- Course Time: Unspecified
- Course Resources Required: Match making profile must be completed on the mentorship portal
VI: Transition Execution
ACT (Time to put all of the tools in action)
Now that you have figured out who, what, how, when and where of your transition plan, it is time to implement it and execute your selected course of action.
Networking for professionals, Effective speaking techniques, presence and demeanor when meeting people
- Audience: As required
- Format: Seminar and workshop
- Deliverables: N/A
- Course Time: 1 Day
- Course Resources Required: Conference room and multimedia projection
On Demand Workshops for Veterans
- LinkedIn Workshop
- Resume writing for professionals
- Translating military skills to tangible civilian qualifications
- MYERS BRIGGS tests for Vets
- Vet Interview Training
- Financial planning for Vets
- Negotiating job offers
- Resume Writing Workshop
- Veteran Interview Prep
- Dress for Success secrets for Vets
- Networking for Professionals